Project Outputs

To facilitate the understanding and uptake of responsible sourcing practices in the mineral value chain, the project provides detailed reports for the three key sectors (Renewable Energy, Mobility and Electric & Electronic Equipment). Other important issues are addressed through a series of Briefing Documents.

This page also includes links to videos where industry and sector experts discuss issues around responsible sourcing and the role of various stakeholders and actors

This Briefing Document details the discussions in the ‘Regulations & Standards’ session at the opening conference of the RE-SOURCING Project (18-19 January 2021). The discussion focuseson the key ingredients required for constructing an effective standard and its interplay with global benchmarks and regulations. A balance between the objectives of the multiple stakeholders needs to be maintained, as a well as between the needs for consultation and taking immediate actions. Good standards incorporate a vigorous standard setting process, measurable implementation strategies and transparency in trade-offs.
This Briefing Document details the discussions in the ‘Advocacy and Awareness Building’ session at the opening conference of the RE-SOURCING Project (18-19 January 2021). The discussion focuses on three important challenges of Responsible Sourcing in relation to its social aspect: How do we ensure that the voices of the most vulnerable groups are heard, find mechanisms that address their concerns, and ensure these voices are part of the decision-making process.
This Briefing Document details the discussions in the session ‘Industry Frontrunners & Business Alliances’ at the opening conference of the RE-SOURCING Project: ‘Drivers of Responsible Sourcing – Common Ground, Collective Action, Lasting Change’ (18-19 January 2021). The discussion focuses on the key factors for a successful alliance that can support Responsible Sourcing. Successful alliances need to have clear objectivesand balance the need for consultation with the need for action. Their governance structures need to be transparent, and they must clearly articulate the trade-offs their decisions entail.
The state of play report (D4.2) for the mobility sector covers the value chain of the key component of the electric mobility, the lithium-ion battery. Focusing on mining of resources, production of battery cells and their recycling at the end, it looks into the responsible sourcing of the key materials lithium, cobalt, nickel and graphite, the key issues of the production of electrodes and their assembly to a battery cell and the various technologies of recycling of batteries and thereby shedding light on the involved stakeholders, initiatives and standards. The aim of the report is to determine topics the RE-SOURCING project needs to address in its roadmap for the mobility sector.
This Briefing Document details the discussions in the ‘Investment, Stock & Commodity Markets’ session at the opening conference of the RE-SOURCING Project: ‘Drivers of Responsible Sourcing – Common Ground, Collective Action, Lasting Change’ (18-19 January 2021). Even though the financial sector is learning to leverage its financial power through direct engagement and greater sustainability reporting requirements from companies, challenges remain. It is also important for policy stakeholders and civil society to understand the diversity within this sector and how to engage with these actors.
This Briefing Document summarizes key points of the RE-SOURCING Project report ‘Responsible Sourcing in the Renewable Energy Supply Chain: A reality or still a long way to go? (Apr 2021). The document reviews the state-of-play within the renewable energy sector (PV and wind energy) identifying the main actors, standards and challenges across the value chain. It outlines major hurdles that will need to be addressed to support greater uptake of Responsible Sourcing practices by firms and includes the outline for a 2050 Vision for the sector.
This Briefing Document explains the narrative behind the opening conference of the RE-SOURCING Project: Drivers of Responsible Sourcing (18-19 January 2021). In this document, the project team shares its understanding of the drivers impacting the implementation of Responsible Sourcing approaches and the role played by the main actors; to better understand the path RS approaches need to converge on and chart for the future in a bid to achieve a level playing field across mineral value chains.
This Briefing Document summarizes the RE-SOURCING Project’s Virtual Event (October 2020) on the topic of ‘Disruptions to supply chain – RS & The Green Deal’. The three experts discuss the challenges in Responsible Sourcing and proposes policy interventions to support mining companies in meeting the expected increase in mineral demand for the manufacturing of green technologies.
The state of play report (D4.1) for the renewable energy sector is a stock taking of the supply chain for the renewable energy technologies wind & solar power. It focuses on the following supply chain stages: mining and processing of copper, rare earth elements, and quartz;manufacturing of wind turbines and solar PV, and their collection and treatment. The aim of the report is to determine topics the RE-SOURCING project needs to address in its roadmap for the renewable energy sector.
The RE-SOURCING Platform Steering Committee constitutes of high-level experts and stakeholders to support advocacy and agenda setting for Responsible Sourcing (RS) in the Renewable Energy, Mobility and Electronics & Electrical Equipment sectors. The main tasks of the PSC will be co-developing sector specific roadmaps and fostering their uptake and dissemination to stakeholders along global mineral value chains.
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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 869276

Coordinated by:

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business,
  • Institute for Managing Sustainability
  • Welthandelsplatz 1A
  • 1020 Vienna
  • email: info@re-sourcing.eu